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New Orleans Mayor Unclear on Trump Admin Immigration Stance

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu (Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 10:34 AM

The New Orleans Police Department can't serve as a civil deportation force, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday, but that doesn't mean his city doesn't want to work with the federal government to focus on violent criminals.

"We're trying to sit down at the table, just eye-to-eye, and get on the same page," Landrieu told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "But they need to really identify what it is that they're asking us to do."

The Democratic mayor is among several who will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, following a group meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday to talk about keeping America's streets safe.

Meanwhile, Landrieu said, many of the issues surrounding immigration could be settled if "Congress would get about passing comprehensive immigration reform."

"What's happening right now is that the attorney general and secretary of Homeland Security, in an effort to execute the president's executive order, are engaging in a battle, unfortunately with big city mayors, about actually how to get this done," said Landrieu.

"Now, I think this goes without saying, that the first priority of mayors and police chiefs across the country is to keep the streets safe. We do this every day. Every day we do it in partnership with our federal partners, the FBI, DEA, U.S. marshals, U.S. attorneys. We're interested in getting on the same page with this administration about how to make sure we fight crime, irrespective of people's immigration status," Landrieu said.

However, Sessions, Kelly, and Trump have "not exactly been on the same page about where the priority with immigration is," said the mayor.

"One thing now that folks are saying is we're not talk about the DACA [Dreamer] kids anymore, but then there's examples of DACA kids being deported," said Landrieu.

Mayors always want to focus on violent crime, he continued, and police in New Orleans have, in conjunction with the FBI and DEA, arrested numerous gang members.

"Our problem in New Orleans is mostly loosely knit neighborhood gangs that have been engaging in really bad behavior for a long time," he said. "What we want to do is work with the attorney general. We want to work with Homeland Security. They need to get clarity between them. There's no clarity between DHS right now and DOJ about what a sanctuary city is."

Landrieu also discussed the decision to bring down statues in New Orleans that commemorate the Confederacy, saying that such statutes do not represent what New Orleans is now or "who we ever have been."

"Just as a matter of historical perspective, the city of new Orleans is 300 years old and there were folks 1,000 years before that," the mayor continued. "Robert E. Lee never stepped a foot in the city of New Orleans. He was not from New Orleans. We want statues to reflect the city of New Orleans. That's what this is really about."

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